KRUEGER, Keith Monroe

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Krueger on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 72 years.

Keith was born on April 11, 1948 and grew up in northern Manitoba. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and became a member of the Military Police, like his father and uncle, serving in Borden, ON, Calgary, AB, and Germany in the 1960s. After leaving the Military he pursued his dream of being a pilot, working extensively in the Canadian north as a bush pilot on wheels, skis, and floats. Once his family was established and started to grow, he moved on to larger and larger aircraft. He spent the majority of his career flying in the Canadian north, but also around the world flying in Papua New Guinea, the former USSR, Europe, USA, Mexico, South America, Africa, Turkey, Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, and Australia. In the 1990s he joined the Leduc Air Cadets Squadron 831 Black Knights as a Ground School Instructor and later becoming the Squadron Commanding Officer while also giving of his time at Branch #108 Royal Canadian Legion. LAMP held a very special place in his heart, and he mentored their new Pastor Pilots for many years. Keith loved sharing his experience, knowledge, and passion for flying with any willing pilot he crossed paths with.

Keith would be the first to tell you he was a flawed man who loved his Lord and was eternally grateful for the gift of Salvation and its grace.

Keith is survived by Joy Krueger (nee Commandant) his wife of 44 years, his children Kristine (Dale) Marr, Kathy (Vaughn) Laycock, James Krueger, Karen (Kevin) Peters, Kristoffer (Kendall) Krueger, and Kevin (Breann) Krueger, and his Grandchildren Dane, Catlin, Ila, Anna, Carter, Aron and Flynn.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 10 at 1 pm, by invitation only.

The service will be live-streamed by Leduc Alliance Church. Viewing information can be found at http://www.leducalliance.org/

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Cross Cancer Institution https://giving.albertacancer.ca/donate/cancer-centres

LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) https://www.lampministry.org/#/donate-lamp/

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Paul Kirvan

Sorry to hear about Keith’s unexpected death. My condolences to all his many family and friends.

Jennifer Diaczun

I’m terribly sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll always remember Keith for his kindness, and his love of faith and family. When I was having a tough time in Gimli one summer, he took me for a motorcycle ride and ice cream. It was such a “dad” thing to do, but it was exactly what I needed. He looked out for people!

Steve Bannister LCol (ret’d)

Joy, our deepest condolences to you and your family on the sudden and tragic loss of Keith.
I had the pleasure to work with Keith for a few summers at the RGS in Gimli. What impressed me the most about him was his enthusiasm for aviation and flying, and his strong desire to instill the same in the youth we were training at the Gliding School. He obviously touched the lives of many and he will be fondly remembered.
Steve and France Bannister

Ronald and Doreen Schepp and family

Our condolences to Joy and family for the passing of our cousin, Keith. So sorry that we couldn’t be there with you during your sad time of loss. Always remember the special times that you had together. Our sincerest sympathies, Ronald and Doreen Schepp and families, Edmonton

JACK AND DAPHNE BERGERON

IT IS HARD TO IMAGIN THAT KITH WOULD END HIS LONG EXCITING LIFE THAT HE SHARED WITH THE AVIATION WORLD IN SUCH A TRAGIC WAY. HE WAS ONE OF CANADAS HARDEST AND BEST BUSH PILOTS THE NORTH HAS KNOWN. KIETH FLEW FOR US IN FT. MCMURRAY WITH CONTACT AIRWAYS IN THE LATE 80″s AND OUR CUSTOMERS LOVED TO FLY WITH
HIM .HIS ADVENTURES IN AVIATION WOULD BE HARD TO DUPLICATE. YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED KIETH

Karen Care

My deepest sympathy to your family . I met Keith at Karen and Kevin’s wedding and a couple of times when he was in Winnipeg. He will never be forgotten and lives in the hearts of many

Brian & Kathy Kosik

Our deepest sympathy to Joy & family on the loss of Keith. We met Keith years ago & shared quite a few coffees together. He always had so many flying stories to share with us. May the love of your family & friends help each of you through this very sad & difficult time.
Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with each of you.
Brian & Kathy Kosik

Lauralee Harrison

Joy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keith will be missed by all that knew him as can be attested to by the many tributes on this page. He was respected by all that knew him. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

Lauralee Harrison

Volker Beckmann

A shock when I heard the sad news. We went to school together in Thompson Manitoba when Thompson first began. We met again in 2002 at the schools 40th reunion. My heartfelt condolences to his family. It’s a tremendous loss.

Valerie and marie Hennig

Thinking of joy and family at this sad time your husband was a great man may the good lord bless you.will keep you in our hearts and thought and prayers.

Will Brander

Keith was always ready to give of himself. He was a legend in the aviation community. Tailwinds my friend

Nicole Fontaine

To Joy and the family.
My deepest condolences to you all at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Keith was the head honcho when my son, Kyle, was a cadet in Leduc.
I am saddened to hear of his passing, but am comforted knowing he was doing what he loved.
Stay strong and lean on each other. Know that Keith may have left this earth, but he will always be with us.

lorraine kozial

I would like to send my sincere condolences to Joy and the family. I worked with Keith at NWT and First Air. His warmth, his wisdom and his special way of telling you that he cared made it a pleasure to work with him. He was friendly, funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell you. He touched us in ways we will never forget. This was no ordinary life that Keith lived. It was a life well lived and well loved, a life that will that will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace and fly high in the skies.

Gord & Charlene Chenkie

I met Keith and Joy the summer of 1974 at a place called Garden Hill, MB. We have been friends ever since. I could talk about our flying experiences all day, but I will save that for the coffee shop. I do want to say , that ” at any time in your life, you needed a hand, big Keith was there for you, no matter what “. A true friend, who loved his family, the Lord, his friends and of course aviation in all aspects. RIP Big Fella !!
Gord & Charlene Chenkie

Lorna

Keith was a very special man not just to me, but obviously to many. It stopped me in my tracks to hear of his demise. If there is one positive thing to find in this it would be that he died living his passion which I know, is small solace to Joy and his family. My heart goes out to you. There is peace in knowing he is rejoicing with Jesus as we speak and we will get to see him again one day. Fly high Captain. Clear skies ahead.

Pat & Shelley Bleakney

We met both of you 1995 when Pat transferred his Legion membership and I applied to become a member – both of you welcomed us with open arms. Keith taught Shelley all about color party and all of the proper techniques. I especially enjoyed walking in color party with him for Canada Day a few years ago. I will also deeply miss his stories of flying.
We are so sorry for your loss. Take care Joy.

Karen Lavallee

Joy I am thinking of you in these times. You were such a help to me and your families influence and dedication to the cadet program a wonderful legacy. With much love Karen

Jarvis payne

To the Kruger family my deepest condolences rest peace captain Kruger you will be missed

700 (City of Edmonton) Wing, RCAFA

Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Keith. We know he was well loved and had an extraordinary life that was well lived.

Blue skies, Keith.

Dan , Shirley Westman and family

We were so sorry when we heard about Keith. We have known the family for many years from babysitting , the church and then for many years at the Legion. A big hug to you Joy and each of the kids from us. We will truly miss his friendly smile it would always make us feel better. We will be watching and praying for all of you on Friday….love

Douglas & Elaine Engberg

I and my wife are terribly saddened to hear of this tragedy and how hard it is for Keith’s wife and family.
I worked with Keith at Contact Airways in Ft. McMurray in 1979.
He was the senior and most experienced float pilot that I, as novice, had ever met at that time.
He was the first guy I had ever seen take a straight float Beaver off on a dolly at the Ft. McMurray airport after having the floats install at the Contact Airways hanger.
While we were all trying to get to the airlines, Keith was a bush pilot at heart and loved the life.
After many years I reconnected with Keith by chance at a Leduc Tim Horton’s where I discovered he was flying the C-130 for First Air and that he was living in Leduc.
So he had advanced to the ultimate heaviest bush plane.
And what a career all over the world flying the coolest aircraft!
Me being in Calmar we would see each other occasionally in the area would and exchange experiences over coffee.
As Keith had served in the Army and myself being an X Air Force Reservist, we had common interest in our armed services and I came know how Keith was active in the Leduc Royal Canadian Legion and the Air Cadets.
He always loved aviation and was practicing his passion to the end.
I was looking forward to more general aviation fun in the Edmonton area with Keith in my retirement.
Now do to this tragic event I feel we never got to “finish up”.

First Air

To the Kruger Family,
Friends and former First Air colleagues of Keith’s were deeply saddened to learn of his untimely passing. We are sharing in your sorrow. The company has made a donation to LAMP in memory of Keith and we hope this small gesture brings you some measure of comfort. To the Kruger Family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies on the passing of a wonderful man and an exceptional pilot. Sincerely from Keith’s First Air Family

Russ and Denise

Joy and family – Denise and I are holding you close in out hearts at this extremely hard time. Keith’s friendship was very sincere and valued. It was only because of him and his caring for others that I was able to live a lifelong aviation dream. He will always be foremost in my mind whenever I’m around airports, airplanes or other pilots, and, as when I was with him, I’ll be smiling.

Lynn and CHeryl Goyer

We send our sincere condolences to you Joy and the entire family. The aviation community mourns the loss of this wonderful aviator. With sympathy and prayers in your time of grief: the Goyer family.

Amber Kittler

Warren and I were very sad to hear about Keith’s passing.
Our prayers are with you and your family.

Theresa Kalika

So sorry for your loss.
I grew up with Keith and he saved me from the wrath of my parents a few times when I came home late. I would say, ‘ I was with Keith Krueger’ , then I would be off the hook ! My parents thought a lot of him. He was a great guy.
Take good care of each other,
&☮️

Lisa

My deepest sympathies to the Krueger family. I know how passionate he was about flying.

Mary Anne

My dearest Joy and family- words are insufficient. Just know this- you are loved and prayed for. God has already dispatched his army to love and support you and hold you up when you cannot stand.
“ When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight”
Kahll Gibran

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